As I think back many years later, I have now realized that I was good at school. The system worked the way it was designed. It worked for me, or so I thought. Never was there any question about what I was learning or even why. It was just accepted that this was how school was supposed to be. Conformity and compliance were well ingrained into the culture of school. As I continue to reflect, I now ponder whether or not I would be successful in a K-12 system today. Things have really changed as a result of advances in technology. The process of going through the motions of doing school the way I did it would have been a monumental challenge in my opinion. Do students value school today? With exponential changes to technology and the ubiquitous access to information will students of the future value it?
What really got me thinking about the value of school was the video below. I am not saying that I agree with everything in it, but there are many points that really resonated with me.
Now try to think back to when you were a student and what you learned. How much of what you learned do you actually use today? Even though progress is being made and innovative practices are being implemented in schools across the globe, we still must look at the big picture of education. There should be inherent value in what students learn today as they need to have the skills, mindset, and confidence to succeed in the new world of work. If anything in the above video resonates with you, then engage your students in a conversation about the value of school.
Engaging kids in a conversation about the value of school can and will pave the way to a brighter future. We need to listen, then act.
Source: A Principal’s Reflections